For Immediate Release
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Trump Administration Continues Ongoing Assault on Clean Air and Public Health
WASHINGTON - Today, Ryan Zinke’s Department of the Interior released its final rule effectively eliminating a key safeguard that would limit methane pollution and other harmful emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands.
Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide during the time it remains in the atmosphere. The standard that Zinke now seeks to eliminate would also reduce ozone-forming pollutants that aggravate lung and heart ailments and can lead to as asthma attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, as well as hazardous pollutants such as benzene, a known carcinogen.
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